By Archibong Jeremiah, House Of Assembly Correspondent
Hon. John Gaul Lebo, Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly has assured members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) that in no distant time, an enabling law will be enacted by the State House of Assembly to give legal backing to their existence and operations.
While speaking during a courtesy visit from members of the group, he maintained that there is need for absolute collaboration between all and sundry to a better Cross River State.
The Speaker commended the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade, for creating the state owned security task force, Operation Skolombo and further asserted that “I believe security is a business of all not just the government. We will maintain good working relationship with the Vigilante Group of Nigeria”.
On her part, the State Commandant of VGN, Dr. Mercy Felix Effiom revealed that the organization was founded in 1983 and registered with the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 1999 with the rationale of assisting the security agencies and government in prevention and detection of crime, apprehension of offenders, preservation of the law and order as well as protection of lives and properties.
The Commandant in company of high ranking officers of the organization in the state further revealed that “Vigilante Group of Nigeria has been earnestly seeking to be absorbed by the State government”.
They tasked the 8th Assembly to use everything within their purview to ensure that an enabling law be enacted by the state assembly to back up the activities of VGN in the state. He also called on the House to use their good will and provide a conducive working environment by supporting them with operational tools.
They submitted a memorandum on the establishment of the legal frame work for the operation of Vigilante Group of Nigeria in partnership with government and other security agencies in Cross River State.
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